Tom Mullinix of Naptown Strutters dies

Dateline: Sat 01 Jan 2011

Well-known Indy musician Tom Mullinix, husband of former Indianapolis Star social columnist Donna Mullinix, died in Florida Tuesday.

The Star reported his death this morning, noting that he spent 20 years in the music scene here, mostly with a band called the Naptown Strutters, which performed the Dixieland style he loved. In the 1980s, he opened a Dixieland style jazz club in Union Station. The club was the Jazz Celler.

Tom and Donna were a devoted couple, as I recall. When she worked as the Talk of the Town social writer, it was common for one of us in Lifestyle (mostly women) to always be on a diet. Donna and I once talked about going on a weight-loss plan together that involved no alcohol. "I couldn't do that," she explained. "Tom likes me to have a glass of wine with him." Hey, any woman who will forego losing a few for a spouse's pleasure -- it must be amore.

Donna sent the following note out to friends earlier this week. Here it is:

"Much as I dislike doing this this way, it's the best way to let you all know that Tom passed away Tuesday morning at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. He had a serious leg wound, and eventually, the antibiotics started fighting each other instead of the wound. He developed a colon infection that did him in.

"There will be a musical celebration at 6 p.m. Jan. 10 in St. Pete Beach ... Oscar's on 75th and other in Indianapolis, but date not set yet. Coordinadating with his sons who'll fly in from the West.

"My son Dan is here with me and is a tremendous help as well as source of  comfort."

As word gets around of local observances, I'll post what I have.

Condolences to Donna and her family.



John Whittemore [unverified] said:

Dear Donna,

I'm so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was a great friend to me and one of the finest musicians I've ever had the pleasure to work with. Please accept my, and Susan's, condolences on your loss. Tom was a fine and immensely talented man. I've missed him since both of you left Indianapolis - and nothing the quality of the Naptown Strutters will be seen here again. I'm so sorry.

2011-01-02 18:57:42

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

What a gifted and nice man. Luckily, his music will live on.

2011-01-03 08:47:16

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